Wednesday, 27 April 2016

3 ways to make your manicure last longer

We all know the feeling; you go to the salon (Gems, obviously!) to get a lovely, fresh Jessica nails manicure which you need to make last for your up coming events: maybe a wedding, a friend’s BBQ or a birthday party, so you sit at the salon and pray for a long lasting manicure? You could do that, or you could try these 3 things, until you come and see us again for another mani:

1. Keep the hand sanitizer at bay
Hand sanitizer is great for avoiding spreading germs during flu and cold season, but while it kills bacteria, it also kills your mani. The alcohol in these gels eats away the topcoat of your polish and causes your colour to fade and go dull, as it has super drying effects.

It’s best to use mild hand soap that is gentle on your hands and nails and try to avoid any lotion that contains alcohol too. Usually if the lotion has a fragrance, it contains alcohol, which also leads to drying of the nails and cuticles.

2. Don’t forget to glove-up!
Rubber gloves when doing the dishes, or cleaning the bathroom is a given but another helpful tip is to apply a thin coat of alcohol free hand cream or lotion over the entire nail bed after washing your hands. This will act as a protective coat to prevent the polish chipping.

3. Prevent dehydration before bed
We often apply moisturiser to our face before bed, so why not our cuticles? Dehydrated nails are more likely to break and split when cuticles become ragged and look like dead pieces of skin. Gross and not good for the manicure! Keep a tube of cuticle oil beside your bed, so you don’t forget to apply some each night. Get Phenomen oil from Gems, the next time you’re in to see us!

P.S. Don’t forget to book our excusive May offer, all on Jessica nails:

Receive a free pack of Jessica nail files when you book:
-       A deluxe Jessica manicure (£28)
-       A deluxe pedicure with our new Zen Spa products (£34)

-       OR BOTH & receive a free Phenomen oil (worth £9.25)

Monday, 11 April 2016

Shellac Nails 101

There are a few things that get us quite excited here at Gems, and Shellac nails is one of them! We have been doing Shellac for quite some time now and our clients simply can’t get enough…and nor can we! If you’re new to this style of mani and want to see what all the fuss is about, this blog post is for you. Here is everything you need to know:

What is Shellac?
Creative Nail Design’s (CND) Shellac nail care line is a hybrid between a nail polish and a gel. The product is applied like a normal nail varnish but uses UV light that dries it and gives it its durability, flexibility & that Shellac great shine!

Why is it so great?
Where do we begin?! There’s absolutely no drying time with Shellac nails. With normal nail polish, you become redundant for the next few hours while waiting for your polish to dry, so things like washing up, picking things up or even going to the loo is a serious task & can cause a chip or dent in your fresh mani.

However, once your Shellac manicure is put under the UV light, it dries instantly and you can carry on with your day as normal! Just don’t tell your mum/dad/husband/boyfriend/kids this insider info and let them do the dishes while you sit back and wait for your nails to “dry”!

How long does a Shellac manicure last?
Another amazing fact about Shellac nails is that because of the formula it’s made with, there is hardly any chance of your nails chipping, which means that a Shellac manicure usually lasts up to 2 weeks, or longer in most cases!

How is Shellac different from other nail enhancements, like fake nails?
Shellac is gentler on nails than the techniques used to apply fake nails. It doesn't require a drill, and removal doesn't leave nails weak, dry or torn.

How much is it & how can I book an appointment?
Shellac nails are £25-£30 & you can book by calling us at Gems: 020 8301 0040